Frequently Asked Questions
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How much is the application fee?
We do NOT charge an application fee to our students.
When is the application deadline?
We follow a rolling admissions process. There are not deadlines for the program. However, we recommend you completing the program admissions requirements early to secure your seat.
Can I complete this degree and continue working full-time?
The program design is convenient for working professionals. Students will take two classes each semester. However, the program design allows the student to be in one class at a time. Each class will run for eight weeks.
What does online delivery mean?
Students unfamiliar with distance education may be asking themselves “How do online classes work?” The reality is that classes are laid out online much the same way they would be in a classroom, it’s just that students don’t have to travel to that classroom to take part. This is a great option for students who live a certain distance away or are local and don’t feel the hybrid delivery option will work for them.
What does hybrid delivery mean?
Our hybrid delivery option is a combination of classroom and online instruction. Classes are eight weeks in length and will meet three Saturday mornings per eight week course at the UJ Graduate Center in Fargo. Classes usually meet from eight until noon.
This option allows actual class time for students to collaborate face-to-face. The hybrid delivery also allows flexibility for students’ busy schedules.
What is the difference between an MAL and a MBA?
A Master of Arts in Leadership degree offers competencies that enable you to understand the tools necessary to inspire, develop, and motivate individuals and teams in support of strategic organizational growth. These skills may include developing emotional intelligence, learning how to motivate others, or building consensus.
In an MAL program, you learn many of the same core principles as you would in an MBA program, however the focus is more on relationships and leadership practice. You also concentrate on topics like leadership theory, cultural implications of leadership, and influence.
An MBA is a general management degree that provides you with an understanding of core concepts necessary to run functional areas like marketing, finance, and accounting. It will also help you develop the analytical abilities required to make strategic integrated business decisions.
MBA programs emphasize learning through data, case studies, and analyzing problems in different areas of an organization. You learn how decisions support the strategy of an organization, which provides you with specialized training in the operations of a business. In a Leadership program, you learn to execute on ideas and lead others towards a goal. You focus on building up a business by harnessing the power of the people at an organization.
How many classes do I take each semester?
Students will take two classes each semester. However, the program design allows the student to be in one class at a time. Each class will run for eight weeks.
How do I pay for the degree?
How to pay for your degree will vary upon the individual. Our financial aid office will work with you on a one on one basis to discuss options available to you as a graduate student.
I have been out school a while, can I do this?
While you may feel like you are the only one that has been out of school for a while; it is normal. Our program design is for working professionals, just like you.
What backgrounds do your students typically have?
Our MAL students range in experience from students within a few years of graduation from their undergraduate programs to students in the twilight of their careers who want more substance in regards to their leadership experience.
MAL students come from healthcare, industry, banking, technology as well as small and large non-profits to name a few.